Churchgate-Virar Elevated Rail Corridor survey underway

Mumbai:  Railway India Technical and Economic Services (RITES), a consultancy arm of the Indian Railways, is conducting a traffic survey for the Churchgate-Virar elevated rail corridor.

The Rs 25,000-crore project to be implemented on public private partnership model has been put on hold after the state government questioned its need. It argued that the Metro III project between Colaba and Seepz partially traverses on alignment similar to the elevated corridor.

After a meeting between the PM and Chief Minister Prithiviraj Chavan, it was decided that fresh traffic survey would be undertaken. Railway Board Chairman Arunendra Kumar said, “RITES is conducting as traffic survey.” A WR official said, “The raw data establishes the feasibility but we want this to be authenticated by RITES.”

Kumar is in Mumbai to review the performance and projects of WR, CR and Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation. He has also met general manager of the six zones, Chief Minister and State Chief Secretary.